Rapist Harvey Weinstein gets 23-year prison sentence
Justice James Burke threw the book at former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, and given Weinstein’s age and exacerbating health issues, do not be surprised if he is released on good behavior in a pine box.
Harvey Weinstein, the once influential Hollywood producer, was sentenced to 23 years in a New York State prison on Wednesday after his conviction on felony sex crimes, capping a two-year plummet from grace over his sexual abuse of women.
For many, the sentencing marked a major milestone in the #MeToo movement, which gained momentum after several women went public with their complaints about Mr. Weinstein.
Women’s rights organizations and Mr. Weinstein’s accusers had celebrated the producer’s conviction, calling it the start of a new era of women’s empowerment.
One of his victims, Jessica Mann, said it best:
“It is time for people who rape other people to pay with their life and the life they took,” Mann told the court before the sentence was read.
All six women who testified against him at trial embraced as the sentence was read, and were applauded as they walked out of the courtroom.
Both of Weinstein’s victims delivered emotional statements at the sentencing, describing the trauma they’ve endured in the aftermath of their assaults
Weinstein was, of course, given the opportunity to speak, and it doesn’t take much critical analysis to see through the :confused” mansplainer’s sexist bullpuckey:
Weinstein then delivered a rambling statement of his own, claiming that he had “serious friendships” with the two women and insisting he never really had much power in Hollywood.
“I am a builder. I know how to build and I know how to generate and pass my success forward,” he said, claiming that his victims would say he’s “generous in that part of the relationship.”
Weinstein went on to say that while he has “remorse for this situation,” he’s worried about America.
“I am just feeling for the thousands of men and women who are losing due process, he said. “I am worried for this country.”
“People are losing their jobs over the fact that they testified,” he continued. “This is the United States of America. This is wrong. I had no great powers in this industry. At the height of it’s power, Miramax was a small business.”
Truth does have a way of terrifying the corrupt, the criminally motivated, the absolutely guilty when it comes to light. Good riddance, Harv.